A descendant of Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche and now a khenpo teaching in Asia and North America, Anyen Rinpoche here dispels the common misconception among Western Vajrayana Buddhists that mindfulness is a Zen teaching, and thus not essential for tantric practice. Rinpoche is adamant that Vajrayana practitioners should fully understand the crucial support that mindfulness brings to the practice of tantric meditation, especially to Dzogchen meditation. He also clarifies the concept of mindfulness itself, giving it the true depth and meaning that is often lost in Western teachings.
"Anyen Rinpoche ... points out that the experience of the mind's true nature is accessible to us at any time, yet must be cultivated through a lifetime of practice. This accessible book shows how mindfulness is central to this practice, allowing us to recognize our own negative patterns of behavior and transcend them."—Sam Van Schaik